Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

exhume

Definition:(verb) Dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies.
Synonyms:disinter
Usage: Hoping to uncover evidence of foul play, the police chief ordered that the body be exhumed.
Article of the Day

Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo is an archaeological site containing Anglo-Saxon burial mounds from the 6th and 7th centuries. In 1939, the remains of an approximately 90-ft (27-m) burial ship were found there, with gold and silver treasures fit for a king—but no body. The artifacts displayed both pagan and Christian features and immediately drew comparisons with Swedish finds and the world described in the heroic poem Beowulf. Who is thought to have been buried in the ship, and what happened to his remains? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents the Phonograph (1878)

Though his formal schooling was limited to just three months of instruction before he was ten years old, Edison was one of the most prolific inventors of his time. His work in improving telegraph technology—particularly his discovery of a method for recording telegraph messages—led Edison to suspect he could do similar things with sound. Within months, the first working model of his phonograph was ready. Why, according to Edison, was he "taken aback" when his invention worked on the first try? More...
Today's Birthday

Amy Tan (1952)

Born in Oakland, California, to Chinese immigrants, Tan is an award-winning author whose novels focus on the lives of Asian-Americans and the complexities of intergenerational relationships, particularly those of mothers and daughters. Her best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club was based on the tragic experiences of her mother, who had years earlier fled an abusive marriage, though it meant leaving her three daughters behind in Shanghai. When did Tan finally meet her half-sisters? More...
Quotation of the Day
Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

with a heavy hand

In an excessive, authoritarian, or oppressive way or manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2017)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 a.m., the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
In the News

Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk Approved for This Summer

Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the family of circus performers known as the Flying Wallendas, will attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls this summer. He secured American approval last September and got Canada's approval earlier this week, meaning he is now cleared to move forward with the stunt. To deter copycats, the Niagara Parks Commission also passed a motion limiting stunts of this sort to once every 20 years. Though other tightrope walkers have crossed further down the gorge, Wallenda will be the first to attempt a crossing directly over the falls. More...
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